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Friday, October 4, 2013
How about that Aleksander Barkov?

By ESPN Stats & Information

Panthers 4, Stars 2
* Marcel Goc (FLA): 2nd career 2-goal game (other came Nov. 18, 2010)
* Panthers: won 3rd straight season opener
* Stars: 1st regulation loss in a home opener in last 15 seasons

FROM ELIAS: Aleksander Barkov, the second overall pick in the 2013 draft, made his NHL debut on Thursday and scored his first goal, a tying marker in the third period for the Florida Panthers, who came from behind to post a 4–2 win in their season opener at Dallas. At age 18 years, 31 days, Barkov was the youngest goal scorer in an NHL game since Jan. 8, 1944, when Ted Kennedy scored a goal for the Maple Leafs in their 12–3 rout of the Bruins at age 18 years, 27 days.

Penguins 3, Devils 0
* Sidney Crosby (PIT): Goal (1) in 1st period; 3rd career goal in a season opener (1st since 2009-10 opener)
* Marc-Andre Fleury (PIT): 27 saves (24th career shutout)
* Cory Schneider (NJ): 18 saves (Devils debut - 1st goalie other than Martin Brodeur to start Devils season opener since Chris Terreri on Oct. 6, 1993)
* Devils: 2-9-6 in last 17 road games dating back to last season

Capitals 5, Flames 4 (SO) (WSH wins shootout, 2-0)
* Alex Ovechkin (WSH): 2 goals (3), assist (also scored in shootout); has goals in first 2 games of season for 1st time since 2009-10 season (scored in 1st 3 games of season in '09-10)
* Nicklas Backstrom (WSH): game-tying PPG with 5:50 left in 3rd period (also had assist)
* Flames: held leads of 3-0 and 4-1 in game; now 0-3-1 in last 4 season openers
* 1st game to go to a shootout in NHL this season

Bruins 3, Lightning 1
* Bruins: 2 shorthanded goals (last game with 2 SHG: April 10, 2013 vs NJ)
* Chris Kelly (BOS): SHG on penalty shot in 1st period (1st penalty shot in league this season)
* Bruins: win season opener for 2nd straight season (had lost previous 3 season openers)
* Lightning: 1st loss in last 4 season openers; 2-9-2 in last 13 games dating back to last season

Kings 3, Wild 2 (SO) (LA wins shootout, 2-0)
* Jeff Carter (LA): scores tying goal with 6:46 in 3rd period (also scored in shootout)
* Drew Doughty (LA): PPG in 1st period
* Kings: won 3 of last 4 season openers
* Matt Cooke (MIN): scores goal 1:04 into debut with Wild (played past 5 seasons with Penguins)

Coyotes 4, Rangers 1
* Radim Vrbata (PHX): 5th career Hat Trick; Last came on April 27, 2013 at Ducks
* Mike Smith (PHX): saved 23 of 24 shots
* Coyotes: 6th straight win in home opener
* Rangers: 0-1 on season opening 9-game road trip

Sharks 4, Canucks 1
* Tomas Hertl (SJ): Ast in NHL debut
* Antti Niemi (SJ): Saved 21 of 22 shots
* Sharks: won last 8 games vs Canucks (including 4-game sweep during 2013 playoffs)
* Roberto Luongo (VAN): 1-3-1 in last 5 starts in San Jose

Blues 4, Predators 2
* Blues: 5-1-0 in last 6 season openers (all at home)
* Blues: won 6 straight home games dating back to last season
* Jaroslav Halak (STL): 28 saves; 1st win since March 23, 2013